Certificate III in Underground Metalliferous Mining

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as production operators in an underground metalliferous mine, who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.


Requirements for completion of the qualification

The following table provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.

Successful completion of fourteen (14) units of competency made up of:

six (6) Core units, and

eight (8) elective units of which:

at least five (5) must come from the Group A electives listed below

up to three (3) from the Group B electives listed below

up to one (1) unit may come from Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level from this, or any other Training Package

Units of competency chosen must be relevant to the competency requirements for the job function.

Care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified within imported units, or units chosen as electives, are complied with.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIIENV302A

Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic RIICOM302A

Communicate workplace information

add topic RIIMEX302B

Assess ground conditions

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards

add topic RIIRIS301B

Apply risk management processes

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBFLM305C

Support operational plan

add topic RIIBEF301A

Run on-site operations

add topic RIIBEF401A

Manage non-routine, complex technical situations

add topic RIIBHD302A

Conduct underground development drilling

add topic RIIBHD303A

Conduct long hole drilling

add topic RIIBLA303A

Conduct underground development shotfiring

add topic RIIBLA304A

Conduct underground production shotfiring

add topic RIIBLA305A

Conduct secondary blasting

add topic RIIERR203B

Escape from hazardous situation unaided

add topic RIIMPG301A

Control and monitor automated plant/machinery

add topic RIIMPO307B

Conduct wheel grader operations in underground mines


Conduct underground load, haul and dump truck operations

add topic RIINHB307B

Conduct conventional core drilling

add topic RIINHB310A

Conduct surface directional drilling

add topic RIINHB312A

Conduct raise boring

add topic RIIOHS301A

Conduct safety and health investigation

add topic RIISAM202A

Isolate and access plant

add topic RIISAM306A

Service and maintain conveyors, feeders and hoppers

add topic RIISAM307A

Service and maintain crushers

add topic RIISAM312A

Inspect and maintain shafts and structures

add topic RIISRM302B

Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations

add topic RIIUMM301A

Conduct wet filling activities

add topic RIIUMM302A

Install sets

add topic RIIUMM303A

Conduct hand held mining

add topic RIIUMM304A

Construct and maintain underground roads

add topic RIIUMM305A

Install and remove a secondary fan

add topic RIIUMM306A

Conduct mechanical scaling

add topic RIIUMM307A

Maintain underground stockpiles

add topic RIIUND205A

Respond to a workforce incident

add topic RIIUND301A

Operate manual winder

add topic RIIUND302A

Conduct cage operations

add topic RIIUND303A

Operate winder for shaft sinking

add topic RIIUND304A

Recover equipment

add topic RIIUND305A

Recover underground equipment

add topic RIIUND306A

Conduct line of sight remote operations

add topic RIIUND307A

Conduct tele-remote operations

add topic RIIUND308A

Conduct control room operations

add topic RIIUND309A

Conduct mechanical underground ground support drilling and installation

add topic RIIVEH306A

Operate mine service vehicle

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBINN301A

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic MSAPMPER300C

Issue work permits

add topic RIIBEF302A

Monitor site production activities

add topic RIIBLA306A

Conduct accretion firing

add topic RIIERR204A

Provide aided rescue to endangered personnel

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents

add topic RIIHAN304A

Conduct slewing crane operations

add topic RIIHAN306A

Carry out lifting using multiple cranes

add topic RIIHAN309A

Conduct telescopic materials handler operations

add topic RIIHAN310A

Conduct crane operations underground

add topic RIIHAN311A

Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier

add topic RIIMPO332A

Conduct operations with skid steer loader

add topic RIISAM311A

Maintain winder equipment

add topic RIISAM313A

Monitor, inspect and service ropes and attachments

add topic RIISTD301A

Take environmental samples and measurements


Apply shot-crete underground

add topic RIIVEH301A

Conduct rail haulage operations


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

The following table includes a summary of the employability skills as identified by the resources and infrastructure industry for this qualification. The table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes required here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


speak clearly and directly

listen carefully to instructions and information

read and interpret work instructions and safety signs

calculate basic weights, distances and volumes

complete incident and maintenance reports

adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


apply teamwork in a range of situations, particularly in a safety context

contribute to the planning and execution of operations

work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race, religion or political persuasion and people with disability

recognise and respond sensitively to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


adjust work methods in response to changing weather and site conditions

participate in team solutions to safety issues

Initiative and enterprise

independently adapt to changing work conditions or different work areas

identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions

identify and assess risks in the workplace

Planning and organising

manage time and priorities to complete work

identify and obtain appropriate equipment and permits

identify potential hazards and prepare appropriate responses

follow procedures and techniques relevant to the equipment and work being done


take responsibility for planning and organising own work priorities and completing assigned tasks

monitor own performance to ensure work will be completed well and on time

understand the standard of work expected at a work site


be willing to learn new ways of working

seek information to improve performance from people and workplace documents like policies, procedures etc

understand equipment characteristics, technical capabilities, limitations and procedures


use technology to monitor and report on work progress

use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)

operate equipment safely